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40 Accessibility Features

We've documented 40 accessibility features for Saltsea Chronicles, including Large Subtitles, Low Pressure, No Quick Reactions, No Button Combos and No Repeated Pressing. Its accessibility is strongest in Controls and Getting Started but it also has features in Visual, Reading, Navigation and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.

This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Saltsea Chronicles is a point-and-click adventure where you sail the sea to rescue your ship's captain. You explore the flooded world discovering islands, meeting characters, and managing the relationships between your crew. Unlike other sailing games, here you must control your whole crew rather than a single character, resulting in an expansive adventure with endless choices.

Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Saltsea Chronicles accessibility 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.

NotesAccessibility Notes

The game is primarily text-based interactions between all the characters, so quick reactions, rapid pressing, and simultaneous button presses are never needed.

Text is all high in contrast and subtitles can be made large. There is other text in the game (explanations and numbers) that are a lot smaller. It's typically black on white backgrounds but can be made white on black backgrounds by selecting the Dark Mode option in the settings. The speaker's tone is indicated in a number of different ways, such as italics, controller rumble, and screen shake, all of which can be disabled individually. You can also use the OpenDyslexic font instead of the standard font.

The card game you plan in the game uses (tweaked card) symbols that are small and can be hard to distinguish. The scoring tip that appears above each card is very small.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click (Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 40 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Day and Night

Developer: Gute Fabrik (@GuteFabrik)

Costs: Purchase cost

 

ControlsControls

To complete the main campaign of the game you need to use a minimum of:

  • PC: 8 keys.
  • Nintendo: 4 buttons and 1 stick.
  • PlayStation: 3 buttons, 1 trigger and 1 stick.
The following table guides you through which buttons you can map to custom controllers:

Action PlayStation Nintendo PC Notes Required
Move Screen Left / Tab Left L1 Top Bumper L Top Bumper Q Key
Menu Options Button + Button Escape
Open/Close Hyperlinks, Tutorials △ Triangle X Button Tab
Up Left Stick Left Stick Cursor Up
Down Left Stick Left Stick Cursor Down
Left Left Stick Left Stick Cursor Left
Right Left Stick Left Stick Cursor Right
Move Screen Right / Tab Right L2 Left Trigger R Top Bumper E Key
Toggle Spoils Pacing (Automatic or Manual) ◻ Square Y Button C Key
Tab Down Right Stick Right Stick F Key
Tab Up Right Stick Right Stick R Key
Toggle Mute Audio M Key

Action PlayStation Notes Required
Move Screen Left / Tab Left L1 Top Bumper
Menu Options Button
Open/Close Hyperlinks, Tutorials △ Triangle
Down Left Stick
Up Left Stick
Left Left Stick
Right Left Stick
Move Screen Right / Tab Right L2 Left Trigger
Toggle Spoils Pacing (Automatic or Manual) ◻ Square
Tab Down Right Stick
Tab Up Right Stick

Action PC Notes Required
Up Cursor Up
Down Cursor Down
Left Cursor Left
Right Cursor Right
Move Screen Right / Tab Right E Key
Move Screen Left / Tab Left Q Key
Open/Close Hyperlinks, Tutorials Tab
Menu Escape
Toggle Spoils Pacing (Automatic or Manual) C Key
Tab Down F Key
Toggle Mute Audio M Key
Tab Up R Key

Action Nintendo Notes Required
Move Screen Right / Tab Right R Top Bumper
Menu + Button
Open/Close Hyperlinks, Tutorials X Button
Move Screen Left / Tab Left L Top Bumper
Up Left Stick
Down Left Stick
Right Left Stick
Left Left Stick
Toggle Spoils Pacing (Automatic or Manual) Y Button
Tab Down Right Stick
Tab Up Right Stick

We've documented 19 accessibility features for Controls in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Can play with the following:

1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Can play with the following:

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse-button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Touchscreen

Can play with the following. Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.

One Tap Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.

Swap Sticks: Can swap the sticks over so that you can use the opposite sticks to control the game.

Remap Sticks: Can remap the stick controls to controller buttons for easier access of direction controls.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Can remap mouse and keyboard key bindings, on systems that support these controls.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Can remap multiple buttons to perform the same action to reduce the need to memorise buttons and make the action easier to access.

Remap Game Menu Access: Can remap buttons to pause, access and navigate the game menu. This enables you to specify which buttons pop-up the game menu.Whether you can remap menu navigation buttons isn't considered here.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods (a second or more) is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the movement stick/button which is not considered a hold for this purpose.

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates events or interactions in the game, echoing visual and audio cues. This can provide additional information about progress, approaching enemies or hitting a target.

DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play. The following games are similar to Saltsea Chronicles, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 7 accessibility features for Getting Started in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Onboarding Before Play

Before you are presented with the home screen, onboarding settings aim to aid you accessing the menus you need to adjust the game to your requirements. They can also provide an easier way of turning on important adjustments without digging through menus.

Low Vision Onboarding: The first time you open the game, the default text is high contrast and font size is at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of the screen and in an easy to read font. This enables legally blind visually impaired players to get ready to play.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren't time-limited or there's a low-pressure mode. This avoids the pressure of being put on the clock for overarching missions, or failing tasks because you didn't reach a destination in time.

No Jump Scares: No sudden loud noises or popping-up scary visuals that unexpectedly appear without warning, or the option to disable them.

Assistance For Progressing

These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.

Assisted Recall for Narrative and Dialogue: The game enables you to review the history of conversations or provides highlights of the information you gather in a form you can review.

Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Reading in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.

Text Visibility

High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast. They are at least 1/20 (46 pixels on 1080 screen) the height of a landscape screen and at least 1/40 height on portrait screens, or can be adjusted to be. We base this on the full line-height, including the space above and below the letters. Considered separately from the general text of the game, the subtitles are large, clear and of good contrast.

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.

Captions

Speaker Indicator and their Tone: Textual captions indicate who is speaking and their tone (or there is only ever one person speaking). This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or character expressions with text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Menu Navigation

Digital Menu Navigation: Menu choices with Gamepad can be made without using an analogue stick to guide a cursor to a selection. For example, using D-Pad, buttons or the Stick to change menu selection in a single action.

Remap Game Menu Access: Can remap buttons to pause, access and navigate the game menu. This enables you to specify which buttons pop-up the game menu.Whether you can remap menu navigation buttons isn't considered here.

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 6 accessibility features for Visual in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Contrast

High Contrast: There is high contrast between elements that need to be distinguished from each other, such as characters, interactive objects and game environment, either by default or a high contrast mode. This is different to a slider that increases contrast or brightness between light and dark.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them. This includes the absence of flashing from dramatic visual effects, explosions or weather effects like lightning.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or it is included but it can be disabled. This includes the absence of screen shake for dramatic effect as well as to indicate hits on a target.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action. Where foreground contrast is high, this includes games with some movement in the background that doesn't make it overly difficult to distinguish what is happening.

Motion Sickness Friendly

Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.

Colour Options

Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Saltsea Chronicles which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

Play Without Hearing

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.

 

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System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
 
PC
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
 
PlayStation 5
PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Ben Kendall and Jo Robertson


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